Mumbai: The Maratha Kranti Morcha (MKM), the umbrella organisation of Marathas, has objected to an off shoot floating a political party with the community name ‘Maratha’ in it.
MKM has threatened to disrupt the convention organised by Suresh Patil, a leader of the Maratha Mahasangh, who was scheduled to announce a new party at Raireshwar temple in Pune district. MKM leader Mahesh Rane has objected to Patil using ‘Maratha’ in the name of the political outfit. Rane said the Maratha community is against aligning with any political party till a final decision on reservation for the community is formally announced. Patil had earlier announced that they will register a political party with the name ‘Maratha’.
However, after strong protests from the community, he dropped this idea. Confirming this to The Free Press Journal, he said, “I will float a political party in the presence of around 5,000 supporters from our community. The function is at Raireshwar, in Bhor tehsil of Pune district. I have decided not to use the word ‘Maratha’ in the name of this outfit.” He, however, refused to disclose the name of his party.
Raireshwar is the temple where Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj had taken an oath for forming the Maratha Samrajya (empire) at the age of 16 in 1645. Patil said that they plan to contest five Lok Sabha and at least 50 Assembly seats in the 2019 polls. Patil claimed, “I will forge an alliance with like-minded political parties and, as of today, 13 various political and non-political organisations led by Shetkari Sanghatana leader Raghunath Patil have promised to have an understanding with me.”
Rane, leader of Maratha Kranti Morcha, said, “We are not in favour of forming a political party using the name Maratha. We have received offers from the Congress, the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to ally with them. We do not want to associate with any political party, as we feel the aggressive stance of our morcha will be diluted once we tie up with politicians.” Rane has further accused Patil of distancing himself from the MKM and taking joining hands with the BJP. Due to this change in stance, MKM plans to disrupt his programme. “Around 1,000 youth from Mumbai, Sangli, Satara and Kolhapur will gather at Raireshwar temple and ensure that Rane does not use our community name to float a political party,” Rane said.